Bio & Contacts
Here’s the official version of me:
David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites.
Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, two thrillers, dozens of anthologies (as a contributor), an app about Paris history (featuring key Dates from 8000 BC to the present, plus key People, Places and Events), and another one about the food and wine of Rome (visit the Apps page for details).
His upcoming book A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light, is published by St. Martin's Press (April 2015).
Downie's nonfiction works include two critically acclaimed books about Paris and France, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptical Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James (April 2013), a National Geographic Traveler pick-of-the-month; and the evergreen volume of essays, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light (now into its 10th printing).
Downie’s second novel of suspense Paris City of Night is a classic page-turner Alfred Hitchcock might have liked.
Atop the Pyrenees, ready to dodge the shotgun blasts.
Those are hunters’ blinds…
read all about it in Paris to the Pyrenees.
Caught red-faced (and balding) while
crawling out from under a giant redwood…
at Muir Woods north of San Francisco.
We were on tour for Paris, Paris.
A hop, skip, and a jump to cross the Canche River in Burgundy, one of my favorite lethal spots as we trekked from Paris to the Pyrenees.
Why lethal? Read the book and you’ll discover how and why I slipped and fell and…
Springtime in Paris, Paris…
Life is dog-eat-dog but occasionally there’s also time for cats that don’t eat cats or dogs.
In Berkeley, on book tour for Paris, Paris, working away as usual.
Taking notes, a professional vice, this time in a forest near Bibracte,
on the Ancient Gallic road that Vercingétorix the warrior used during the war against Rome (remember The Conquest of Gaul?). Read all about it in Paris to the Pyrenees.
Me, the tree-hugger.
This specimen is at least 500 years old according to a local we interrogated as we trekked from Paris to the Pyrenees.
“David Downie is the master of educated curiosity.”
- Michael Ondaatje -
Watch a video of “national treasure” Paula Wolfert introducing David D. Downie at a book event at Reader’s Books in Sonoma, California.
Profiles, interviews, snippets about David D. Downie (please feel free to send me links if you find anything new or interesting or wonderfully obnoxious):
David D. Downie according to Wikipedia
David's monthly column at Gadling.com
Listen to an interview about the book with NPR radio host extraordinaire Jacki Lyden on Weekend Edition Sunday.
Listen to David while he's walking across Paris on the pilgrimage route with NPR's Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley.
Watch David interviewed on KATU-TV in Portland.
Listen to David talking to Sheila Hamilton of "Speaking Freely" on KINK FM in Portland.
David interviewed about Paris to the Pyrenees in April, 2013 by My French Life.org
Ditto, by Janet Hulstrand for BonjourParis.com
David's website dedicated to the Italian Riviera (Liguria)
Bonjour Paris features David as Person of the Moment
The Browser interviews David about Paris and books
Travel writer Rolf Potts profiles David
Blogcritics.org asks David about Paris City of Night: thrills and chills
Paris Imperfect talks to David about Paris and Paris, Paris
The Dark Phantom interviews David about his thriller Paris City of Night
Savory Girl talks to David about the Food Wine books series
Lost in Cheeseland and its Franco-file-Friday interview
Legendary cookbook writer Paula Wolfert introduces David at Readers Books
Reign of Terroir, the great wine blog, reviews Food Wine Burgundy and David's other Food Wine titles
The American Library in Paris profiles the author of Paris, Paris
Ichef on Downie and his award-winning Cooking the Roman Way
Redroom profile of Downie (like others it needs updating!)
Downie's articles syndicated by FeatureWell.com
Review of Paris, Paris by architect Stephane Kirkland
Just Another American in Paris blog talks to Downie
Huffington Post bio of regular contributor David D. Downie
All photos (except Festa del Tortellino) copyright ©Alison Harris